European nations have been on a quick march to socialism for many years. Openly socialist nations such as Greece are bankrupt and taking bailouts to stave off the inevitable crash that is to come. They spend the bailout money given them and demand still more.
Daniel Hannan is a member of the UK Conservative Party, and is well known to conservatives on this side of the pond for a speech he gave as a rebuttal to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown (excerpted below);
You cannot spend your way out of a recession or borrow your way out of debt. And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we are well placed to weather the storm, I have to tell you, you sound like a Brezhnev era apparatchik giving the party line.
You know and we know and you know that we know that it’s nonsense. Everyone knows that Britain is worse off than any other country as we go into these hard times.
The IMF has said so. The European Commission has said so. The markets say so, which is why the pound has lost a third of its value.
In a few months, the voters will have their chance to say so, too.
They can see what the markets have seen: that you are the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government.’
It’s no wonder conservatives in the US, after the video of the speech went viral on YouTube [watch it if you haven’t seen it], became enamored of Daniel Hannan the politician – no – the statesman. Quite a few on the right these days are able to articulate what US conservatives believe, but still fewer posses any real power to effect real change. The ones who do posses that power seem weak-willed or to be actually collaborating with the same left which is today reshaping this country into a crumbling shell of its former self. This is why Mitt Romney remains at basically the same poll numbers today he started with at the beginning of the GOP Primaries. This is why conservatives pick up one candidate after another, inspect him or her, and toss them aside to inspect still another. We want not only to believe the politico will do what America needs him or her to do, but we want to hear from their own lips that they understand what trouble we’re in, that they can articulate conservative principles that we believe in.
Daniel Hannan is one who is able to articulate those principles, and though he’s from the United Kingdom, his views, especially in light of his beloved UK going down a failing path, are an apt warning to us in the United States as we struggle to keep arrogant leftist politicians from dragging us kicking and screaming down that same failing path.
From the CPAC website;
“Europe sees you in the rearview mirror,” European Parliament member Daniel Hannan in his address to CPAC today warning that America is headed down the same disastrous road as the European Union.However, Hannan said, “there is still time to turn aside.”
Hannan spoke of the unique and special nature of America’s constitutional order and the prosperity it has created, and that American principles are what makes America exceptional. If America was to adopt European style policies we would become less prosperous and less free.
Hannan said, “To see what makes the US constitution special just look at the others.”
Read the rest-
- David Cameron has allowed Europe to say FU to its people | Daniel Hannan (guardian.co.uk)
- Time for Britain to make the Great Escape (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- A German view of the bailout deal (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- The solution to the euro crisis? A European credit rating agency! (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)